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27 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Baher Kamal

ROME, May 26 2016 (IPS) - The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance. But the most powerful, richest countries—those who have largely contributed to manufacturing it and can therefore stop it, continue to pretend not hearing nor seeing the signals.

26 May 2016 description

Kuwait, 26 May 2016

I wanted to meet you today in order to update you on the latest developments in the talks. It has been a long week of sessions, in which we discussed a wide range of issues. Some sessions were promising and others tense. In spite of all of the challenges we are facing, the United Nations remains deeply committed to finding a peaceful solution.

26 May 2016 description

Attacks on Health Care

Attacks on health care in emergency situations disrupt the delivery of essential health services, endanger care providers, deprive people of urgently needed medical attention, and undermine our long term health development goals.

WHO collaborates closely with others to better understand the problem, bring attention to the issue, and find solutions that can prevent attacks; protect health facilities, workers, transport and supplies; and ensure the continued provision of health care despite such attacks.

26 May 2016 description

United Nations, United States | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 16:15 GMT

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to beef up the UN mediation in Yemen to overcome deep differences in peace talks, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

Ban outlined his proposal in a letter to the Security Council just before UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed delivered a report to the council's 15 members on the peace talks he is leading in Kuwait.

25 May 2016 description

Aden, Yemen | AFP | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 13:35 GMT

An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting opponents of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi killed six civilians from the same family by mistake on Wednesday, a provincial official said.

Warplanes targeted the home of a suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Huta, the capital of southern Lahj province, but missed and hit an adjacent house, the official told AFP.

25 May 2016 description

TA'EZ, 24th May 2016 (WAM) – The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) Authority has provided a new batch of medical supplies to Al Thawra Hospital in the Yemeni province of Ta'ez.

The medical supply, which included medicines and surgical instruments, were handed over today to the hospital in the presence of Ta'ez Governor Ali Al Ma'amary, hospital officials and ERC representatives.

Al Thawra hospital plays a key role in tending to the increasing number of wounded people in the province.

25 May 2016 description

Kuwait City, Kuwait | AFP | Wednesday 5/25/2016 - 10:29 GMT

by Omar Hasan

The UN envoy said Wednesday that Yemen's warring parties were closer to agreement at peace talks in Kuwait as he prepared to brief the Security Council on progress in negotiations.

"We are moving towards a general understanding that encompasses the expectations and visions of the parties," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement.

"The discussions have become more sensitive and delicate bringing us closer to a comprehensive agreement," he said.

25 May 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNHRD has supported 6 Partners responding to the crisis by sending 413 MT of critical relief items, equipment and medical supplies to Djibouti and Yemen. Most recently, UNHRD dispatched 35 metric tons of medicine to Hoedida on behalf of WHO.

For information about stocks available for emergency deployment through UNHRD’s Loan and Borrow facility, please visit www.unhrd.org or contact unhrd.customerservice@wfp.org.

25 May 2016 description
  • According to media reports, heavy rain has been affecting south-western Yemen over the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
  • On 23 May, local media reported that a landslide destroyed six houses and washed away large tracts of farmland leaving 20 people dead, dozens injured and traffic disruptions in the village of Al-Lassbah (Ta'izz province). The death toll may increase as search and rescue operations are still ongoing, as of 24 May early morning (UTC).
25 May 2016 description

• TC ROANU formed over the south-western Bay of Bengal on 18 May causing widespread damage and casualties to several counties.
• In Bangladesh, at least 26 people dead, over 100 injured, over 500 000 evacuated, 83 978 homes partially or fully damaged • In Myanmar/Burma, several homes and bridges were damaged, as well as several temporary IDP shelters were damaged.

24 May 2016 description


  • The protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) requires new contributions urgently to avert possible pipeline breaks. WFP has prioritized general distributions and nutrition interventions for the refugees, to stretch available food stocks.

  • For the school feeding programme under the development operation, new contributions are required soon for WFP to deliver food before the beginning of the new school year, which starts in September.

24 May 2016 description
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  • 39,962 Persons arrived at Yemeni coasts since January 2016
  • 4,165 Refugee families provided with cash assistance since January 2016
  • 1,283 Refugee children provided with child protection services since January 2016
  • 154,811 Persons provided with NFIs since January 2016